March 19th 2009
I have never been certain why Nietzsche
chose Zoroaster as his superman. I find myself picturing him anxious
to minimally offend. A nicety, and as well a revelation because even
the single God has had many profits. A difficult insight for the
In the end his understanding included an extinction of that difference
between right and wrong. His word for this condition 'nihilism'. Then,
with God dead, to fill the void apparently requires something absolute.
Democracy, capitalism, socialism, fascism, nation state, patriotism.
Adjectives pursued with a fervor, otherwise there would be no
His question was this:
"How well disposed would a person have to become to himself and to
life, to crave nothing more fervently than the infinite repetition,
without alteration, of each and every moment?"
Like all good questions, his had no answer.
And I still say he died of a broken heart.